Burglars steal equipment worth thousands of pounds in golf club raid

PUBLISHED: 13:19 19 January 2018 | UPDATED: 13:19 19 January 2018

Saffron Walden Golf Club. Picture: SaffronPhoto

Saffron Walden Golf Club. Picture: SaffronPhoto

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Golf clubs and equipment worth some £15,000 were stolen during a break-in at Saffron Walden Golf Club.

The club shop was entered in the early hours of Wednesday, January 10, and the thief’s activities were captured on the club’s CCTV.

It is the seventh reported break-in in the town in the past two months.

Rob McNicholas, the head professional at the club, said the cameras had caught a man snooping around the previous week.

Mr McNicolas told The Reporter: “We are certain that this guy is connected with the break-in. He was seen walking around the shop, sussing us out.”

He added that security at the club was being reviewed. This was the first time it had been broken into.

A police spokesman said: “We are investigating following a burglary at Saffron Walden Golf Club. We were called at around 4.25am on Wednesday, January 10, after someone had gained entry.”

This latest crime follows a break in at Boots the Chemist on Friday, January 5, when thieves loaded up wheelie bins with perfume and razors, a 16-year-old boy and a 27-year-old man have been arrested in connection with that but have been released pending further investigation.

Dress shop Fanny and Frank in Church Street was burgled twice in the early hours of December 15 and again on Christmas Eve, when the shop was cleared of stock and lost trade.

The Courtyard Cafe was raided on Sunday, December 17, when the safe was taken and on the same night there was an attempt on website designers Tela, in Rose and Crown Walk. This business is on an upper storey and thieves entered by a first floor window and unplugged computers but were unable to get them through a strong security door so left empty-handed. At Jack’s in Saffron Walden High Street, clothing worth £25,000 was stolen during a break-in on November 19.

If you have any information regarding any of the incident, call Essex Police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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